Garrett Turner ('11C)

Award: Marshall Scholarship

Award supported: An MA in Theatre and Performance at Queen Mary, University of London and an MA in Music Theatre at the Royal Center School of Speech and Drama

Undergraduate major(s): English & Creative Writing; Music

Currently: Pursuing a career in performance in New York City

During his time at Emory, Garrett was highly active in Emory’s performing arts community, serving as Musical Director, Lead Soloist, and Arrangement Writer for AHANA A Capella, Choreographer and Lead Soloist for Concert Choir, and had two original plays produced, “I Dream a World: The Life and Work of Langston Hughes,” and “Lost for Words,” which received Emory’s Artisine Mann Award for creative writing. A Mellon Mays Fellow, Garrett also received the Bobby Jones Scholarship, which supported a year at the University of St Andrews in Scotland following his graduation from Emory. 

View a video interview with Garrett Turner here and read more about his experiences in the Fall 2015 Newsletter Alumni Profile.

Q: What experience at Emory prepared you for the Marshall?

A: My Emory education taught me how to think critically and sharpened my ability to articulate an argument or idea in a pressurized, fast-paced environment. I used those skills over and over during my time in the UK.

Q: What memorable or interesting things happened during your Marshall years?

A: I met Prince Charles, toured Europe, lectured and performed at universities across the UK, and cultivated friendships with some of the most amazing people I will ever know. I was surprised by the endless unexpected opportunities that presented themselves simply because I belonged to the Marshall Scholars community.

Q: How did the Marshall impact your academic/ career path?

A: I discovered my career path while abroad in the UK. Before going, I had in mind that I would get my PhD in creative practice and be a professor who would write poetry and sing in a choir every now and then. Through studying theater in London and participating fully in the theater community there, I finally found the courage to pursue a career in performance.

Q: What advice would you give current Marshall applicants?

A: Leave all pretense behind and just tell your story as plainly and directly as possible.